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The Yankles (2009)

PG-13 | | Sport | 15 November 2009 (USA)
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About Charlie Jones, a washed up, ex major league ballplayer, and how he gets a second chance at life and love by managing a Jewish, orthodox yeshiva baseball team.

Director:

David R. Brooks

Writers:

David R. Brooks (co-writer), Zev Brooks (co-writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Wimmer ... Charlie Jones
Bart Johnson ... Sledge Dixon
Don Most ... Frankie Dubs
Michael Buster Michael Buster ... Elliot
Susanne Sutchy Susanne Sutchy ... Deborah
Kenneth F. Brown ... Rabbi Meyer
Jesse Bennett Jesse Bennett ... The Rebbe
Tyler Johnson Tyler Johnson ... Elimelech
Matt Whittaker Matt Whittaker ... Eliezer
Gavin Bentley Gavin Bentley ... Pinky
Jared Shipley ... Shmulick
Mark Brocksmith Mark Brocksmith ... Shneiur Zalman
K. Danor Gerald ... Malasa
Trevor Jerome Trevor Jerome ... Teshome
Nicholas Dunn Nicholas Dunn ... Yechezkel
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Storyline

The Yankles is about Charlie Jones, a professional baseball player who was released from the Los Angeles Spirits because of a drinking problem. Upon being paroled from prison after serving time for his third drunk driving conviction, Charlie endeavors to serve 192 hours mandatory community service by coaching baseball. To Charlie's dismay, however, he is shunned by mainstream society because of the controversy surrounding his early parole and prior convictions. Charlie soon discovers that the only people willing to give him a second chance are a group of Jewish, orthodox, yeshiva students who formed an upstart baseball team called The Yankles. Fortunately for Charlie, The Yankles are as desperate for a coach as he is for community service. After a rough start, Charlie finds a home with The Yankles. With Charlie's help, The Yankles strive for success on the field, while Charlie works to rebuild his reputation in society and his relationship with those whom he wronged in the past. Written by Zev Brooks

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Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Janklesi See more »

Filming Locations:

Provo, Utah, USA See more »

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Production Co:

DZB Productions See more »
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Color
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits we see the Yankles riding the bus, lip-synching the song Sweeter Than Kosher Wine (by Zev Brooks). See more »

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References Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »

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Good Movie
23 March 2014 | by jimel98See all my reviews

I just watched this last night via Netflix at the recommendation of a friend. Whereas she said it was "hysterical", I found it to simply be a nice little movie with some funny parts. I didn't laugh out loud more than once or twice, but hey, a good movie, even a good comedy doesn't HAVE to have you rolling in the aisles to be good.

The story in a nutshell is simply-Big League player (Charlie) gets out of jail after ruining his life with 3 DUI's. An Orthodox Yeshiva school is putting together a baseball team for the first time and one of the students, who once played Minor League Ball happens to know Charlie and gets him to coach while wrestling with his scornful father, played by Don Most. The details you have to see for yourself. It is really great to see Mr. Most back in front of the camera and he does a terrific job.

Not an exciting movie and at times predictable and some of the coincidences made me go, "Hmmm?" but I cannot stress enough, A GOOD MOVIE. To watch it is to be entertained. A pleasant way to spend just under an hour and a half. The acting, not top notch, is not at all bad.

Sorry if this critique is Luke warm as opposed to the other reviews which raved about it, but I cannot rave. I CAN, like my friend did, recommend this movie. It's fun AND educational for anyone who knows nothing about Yeshiva schools or Orthodox Judaism. I didn't know much, but I learned more. On a side note, it was fun watching and listening to Charlie have such trouble with the Yiddish curses that even a goy like me can say without trouble. I thought many of these words were common knowledge. Who knew? Good movie, enjoy.


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